With just a click of the mouse or a tap of the smartphone, owners can check in via webcam as their dogs gambol about the 6,000-square-foot facility at Camp Bow Wow. What they'll see should please them. Certified camp counselors supervise both the indoor and outdoor play areas, where dogs play fetch in the yard and Marco Polo in the pool. After gobbling down treats, overnight guests slumber in private cabins as soothing music plays. To further pamper their canine friends, owners schedule grooming appointments for nail trims or baths.
The staff at Doggone-It Daycare wants customers' dogs to run wild—in a cage-free, climate-controlled environment, that is. Two indoor playgrounds host socialization sessions where pets play with one another, chew on toys, leap over obstacles, or concoct sure-fire plans to finally catch their own tail. Staff members walk each dog at least four times a day during daycare stays, and tuck them into comfortable beds during overnight visits.
At Four Paws Spa, groomer Laura hides nothing, preferring to wash, trim, and pamper pups where everyone can see them. She beautifies every canine that walks through the door and ensures all clients leave the business free of excess hair, fleas, and bad attitudes. The spa's services run the gamut and include shedding treatments, nail trimming, anal-gland expression, and fur coloring for all breeds and sizes.
At Uncle Vinny's NY Pizza, cooks decorate New York–style pizza crusts with nearly two dozen toppings that range from pepperoni and buffalo chicken to veggies such as broccoli and fresh tomatoes. But before layering on hearty ingredients, they can prep the crust with garlic and ricotta cheese or a drizzle of hot oil—a house signature. Alternatively, the toppings can join more classic marinara sauce or be tucked inside of a calzone or glove compartment before a road trip. After ordering pizza, hero sandwiches, or baked lasagna at the counter, guests can lounge at one of the tables dressed in a red-and-white checkered cloth or take their food to go.
Doggy-Do's pet-friendly cleaning techs come to homes to eliminate the unpleasant byproducts of happy dog-human relationships. They double-bag and haul away all waste, and can typically work while dogs are in the yard. After each visit, a parvocide-based spray disinfects and deodorizes tools without the dangers of bleach-based solutions. Doggy-Do offers four kinds of contract-free service: one-time cleanup, biweekly, weekly, or semiweekly. Year-round availability prevents dogs from having to learn to use indoor plumbing during the winter.
Stephanie Gau has loved dogs all her life but it wasn't until she discovered Meatlovers, the nutrient-rich organic dog food used by police departments, that that the idea to open her own business took shape. Meatlovers wasn't a new concept, as the company had been around since the invention of dogs in 1949, but Stephanie, who had worked in law enforcement, felt she could combine the time-tested food with other products and services and her passion for canine care.
Today, the dog lover packs her shop with locally made goodies waiting to fill the stomachs of man's best friends. She works with the local Yellow Dog Bakery to outfit canine chompers with treats such as birthday cakes, pupcakes, and decorated cookies. Stephanie also educates customers on proper dog nutrition, while Waggles—the store's dalmatian mascot—attends local events at dog parks and garden shows.
In addition to the retail shop, Stephanie and her team groom pups and run a boarding center. Unlike most kennels, Tail Waggers' crew doesn't keep their furry friends inside crates or cages. Instead, canines spend nights in doggy hotel rooms and days in a play area, where they can bounce and play cribbage with other dogs between regular trips outside.